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The University of Florida

Counseling + Wellness Center

We’re here for you.

All photographs herein are for illustrative purposes only and the individuals depicted in them do not implicitly endorse or utilize the CWC’s services.


he Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) is part of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Florida (UF). As the primary provider of mental health services, CWC offers high quality counseling and psychiatric care as well as developmental and preventative services to UF students. CWC also supports the larger UF community, including parents, faculty, staff, and administrators, through consultation on matters related to collegiate mental health. Our students seek CWC services to address a wide range of concerns and needs; from concerns about finding one’s place on campus to relationship problems; from mental health emergencies or crises to chronic and severe mental illness requiring psychological and psychiatric care; or to be educated on a wide range of mental health topics aimed at preventing mental health concerns. As part of our comprehensive efforts to meet the needs of all UF students, we offer individual, couples, and group counseling, outreach programs and workshops, web-based counseling (Therapist Assisted Online or TAO) and other digital services, consultation services, and are engaged in various teaching and training activities within the UF community. Some of our clinical staff are members of the Division of Student Affairs Crisis Response Team, which dispatches teams to assist members of the university community who are dealing with a tragedy or the loss of life. Many CWC clinicians are also affiliate faculty members in the APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and/or the department of Counselor Education. As such, they teach courses, sit on doctoral committees, and do research. CWC also contributes to the education and training of counselors and psychologists, offering a wide range of training opportunities. CWC’s doctoral psychology internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1982. All of us at CWC, including those who serve in our technology, administrative/fiscal, and support staff teams, are committed to serving our students with the utmost dedication, respect, and care. We thank you for your support and trust in our services. We also hope that this year’s report offers you a meaningful picture of the varied and multiple efforts and contributions in support of the personal and academic development of our students and our overall mission. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the director, Dr Ernesto R. Escoto, at 352392-1575, or at: On behalf of everyone at CWC,

Thank you!

Student growth & development. Improve well-being. High quality care. 6

The Mission of the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida is to facilitate the total development of students by addressing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and functioning, through the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive services to UF students and the larger campus community. Our primary focus is on providing brief, confidential counseling services aimed at helping students succeed academically and interpersonally.





The CWC offers a variety of clinical services that include crisis and emergency consultation, triage, group counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, psychiatric services, academic testing, alcohol and other drug services, biofeedback, therapist assisted online services, and psycho-educational workshops.

The Crisis and Emergency Resource Center’s central location at Peabody Hall makes it easy for faculty and staff to get distressed students face-to-face with our highly trained staff. Additionally CERC supplements the CWC’s after-hours counseling hotline allowing the CWC to provide 24 hour service.

Whether it’s consulting with concerned faculty about a student, educating an entire department about how to help distressed students or providing students with the skills needed to improve their wellness through presentations, our outreach efforts supplement our core clinical services to affect the campus at large.

Since 1977 the CWC’s training program has helped develop counselors and psychologists who are competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive through a wide variety of training opportunities from practicum to doctoral internships.



CERC provided

Trainees programs provided Our outreach

reached 691 37,726 29,639 services,


hours of on-site

clinical intervention.



hours of service.


Clinical Services C

WC offers a variety of clinical services that include crisis and emergency consultation, triage, group counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, psychiatric services, academic testing, alcohol and other drug services, biofeedback, therapist assisted online services, and psychoeducational workshops. Our services are available to all UF students who are enrolled in classes. We are also available to consult with UF faculty and staff from within the Division of Student Affairs (Dean of Students Office, Housing & Residence Education, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, etc.) and across campus who would like additional information or would us like to assist a student of concern. In addition to our normal operating hours (Mon. – Fri., 8:00 -5:00), we also have clinical staff who are available for after-hours emergency consultation as well as access to ProtoCall, a call service whereby students can consult with a counselor by phone after hours. This includes both nights and weekends. While providing direct clinical services is the largest part of our mission, it is perhaps the least visible part of our work because these services are delivered behind closed doors within a confidential setting. The statistics on the following page highlight our comprehensive array of mental health services.

Assessment P

sycho-educational testing provides information useful in the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Mathematics Disorder, and other specific learning disabilities. Personality testing provides information useful in the diagnosis and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and other mental disorders. The Assessment Team includes the Assessment Coordinator, Senior Staff Evaluators, Interns doing their assessment training, and Advanced Practicum students. For the ’14-’15 academic year, there were 2 senior staff, 1 intern, and a total of 8 Advanced Practicum students. The number of testing appointments provided were as follows: 118 - 1 ½ hour screenings for clinical interviews to obtain psychosocial history and psycho-diagnostic information. 117 - 1 ½ hour evaluations for administration and interpretation of objective personality tests, study skills assessment and continuous performance testing for attention variables. 119 - 3 hour assessments for psychoeducational testing including cognitive ability, i.e. IQ, and scholastic achievement. 122 - 1 hour assessment feedback sessions for feedback and recommendations session with the client.


2,784 2,783 Sadness/Depression 2,776 Difficulty Concentrating 2,089 Shyness/Social Anxiety 1,975 Academic Distress Anxiety/Stress

Presenting Problems

1,282 964 Eating Concerns 622 Relationships 591 Abuse/Assault in History 561 Substance Abuse

Suicidal Thought or Intent

Client Contacts

2014 2015 Number of students served by CWC 4,326 4,401 Number of individual counseling sessions 16,017* 15,735 Number of group and group related sessions 6,415 6,818 Psychiatric Appointments 6,347 5,762 Number of Non-Client Consultations 1,663 1,607 (students, faculty, staff, family, community members, etc.) Avg. individual counseling sessions per client 7.36* 7.00 Total number of appointments 39,527 37,726 * This figure was reported differently in the 2014 report and was recalculated for this report using the current formula

897 (~25%) 397 (11%)


How did you hear about the CWC?

Brochures/Posters %

919 (~25%) 258 (7 ) Family


644 (18%) 9 (>1%)


Judicial/Court %

518 (14 ) 7 (>1 ) %

Web Page


838 (23%)

Academic status of students using the CWC

Graduate & Professional %

838 (23 )

Client Outcomes (BHM-20)

Recovered Significantly Improved Global Mental Health 43% 69% Anxiety 44% 67% Depression 39% 63% Suicide 59% 72% Alcohol/Drugs 54% 68% Well-Being 43% 65% Symptoms 58% 69% Life Functioning 32% 57%


896 (24%)


611 (17%) Sophmore

500 (14%)



Group Therapy T

he CWC is home to one of the largest Group Psychotherapy programs in the nation, offering 72 unique therapy groups during this academic year. UF students have the incredibly unique opportunity of participating in a treatment modality infrequently offered in other mental health settings.

Research illustrates that individual and group therapy have equivalent treatment outcomes, and for many concerns, group therapy is the treatment of choice! With the wide range of therapy groups offered, students are able to get matched to this first rate treatment tailored to address their specific concerns. CWC groups provide support for diverse student populations (e.g. international, LGBTQ, first generation, graduate students) and address specific presenting concerns (e.g. depression, eating disorders, substance use, bereavement). Drop-in workshops aim to increase coping skills and mindful living by focusing on building confidence, resolving conflict, improving concentration and managing break ups.

The CWC logged over

3,435 more client hours than if each group leader saw

1.5 individual clients

instead for the same time period.

Student Feedback

At the end of each semester, group therapy treatment completers are provided an opportunity to evaluate their group experience. Here are some highlights from the responses by 248 group members from 58 groups: group counselors created am satisfied with the quality of 98% The 94% Imy a safe and supportive group group experience

85% 88% 10

environment Group improved my ability to communicate and interact with others After group, I have more skills to help me work through my problems

would recommend group to 94% Iother UF students overall well-being has 89% My improved

The large Group Therapy program substantially allows more UF students to be seen for therapy, provides them treatment fit for their concerns, and offers a form of treatment many other university counseling centers would be unable to provide. Therapy Groups Students Who Attended Workshops Unique Clients Receiving Group Services Client Hours Provided for Groups Average Attendance at Each Group Groups Co-Lead by a Trainee

Our Groups • • • • • • • • • • •

Fall 2014 29 364 254 2,211 5.14 15

Academic Confidence Bereavement Support Body Works: Living Well with Stress Building Personal and Interpersonal Fulfilment Changeways Depression Coping with Medical Challenges Family Matters First Generation Empowerment Graduate Student Women’s Support International Student Support – English and Mandarin

Spring 2015 31 193 295 2,564 5.52 14

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Summer 2015 12 109 63 467 3.9 6

Total 2014-2015 72 966 612 5,242 5.33 (Fall/Spring) 35

Invincible Black Women LGBTQ Empowerment Making Peace with Food Mindful Movement Recovery Support Sailing Though Storms Sexual Assault Survivors Support Taming the Anxious Mind Telling your Stories and Being Heard Trans Feminine / Masculine Empowerment Understanding Self and Others You are Enough

If I had known that [group] was going to be so awesome I would have joined earlier! This will help me communicate with others for the rest of my life.

I love the passion, caring and support the group leaders and members have. 11

Crisis & Emergency Res


onveniently located at Peabody Hall, across from Plaza of the Americas and Library West, CWC’s Crisis and Emergency Resource Center, or CERC, is an emergency consultation service for faculty and staff and walk-in emergency service for students. CERC also trains Student Affairs, academic, and public safety personnel in crisis and behavioral-health issues. Additionally, CERC administers and implements both the UF Crisis Response Team’s (CRT) emergency counseling service and the behavioral-health component of the UF Disaster Plan. CERC is staffed by two full time clinician/coordinators, a support staff receptionist, and a rotating schedule of clinicians from the Counseling and Wellness Center.

704 228 212 144 92 74 12

paperwork alerts. Paperwork alerts are assessment and, as needed, outreach to students whose information forms indicate a potential of severity and consideration of emergency access to the CWC. Approximated at 15 minutes per assessment and outreach. client consultations, over 163.31 hours. Client consultations are either in person or over the phone, where typically the student of concern has received CWC services. non-client consultations, over 94 hours. Non-client consultations are either in person or over the phone and cover interventions with students, faculty, and staff, where typically the student of concern has not received CWC services at the time of the consultation. administrative consultations, over 198.5 hours. Administrative consultations are indicative of phone, on-site, or off-site consultation by the Associate Director or Coordinator related to Behavioral Consultation Team, Crisis Response Team services, or other consultation areas. triages, over 80.58 hours. Triages are in person consultations to assess the nature and type of service needed and are typically scheduled for 30 minutes. Triages are completed by counselors on duty and include both individual and couple’s sessions. phone/email consultations, over 19 hours. Phone/email consultations are completed by CERC counselors on duty when they receive a phone call or email from a client. These are often follow up phone calls after a paperwork or ProtoCall review.

source Center Consultation NonClient and Outreach The Associate Director and CERC Coordinator also provided phone and on-site consultation services to the campus and at-large community related to behavioral health and crisis intervention services. These include: 144 consultation non-client appointments for 198.5 hours 175 outreaches for 255.15 hours serving 2,965 persons

Sara Nash (CERC Assistant Coordinator), Meggen Sixbey (Associate Director, CERC Coordinator), Michelle Sexton (Clinical Support Staff)

I attribute being alive today to the help of my counselor.

Crisis Response Team Services

QPR Suicide Prevention

The Associate Director and Coordinator serve on the UF Crisis Response Team and are responsible for maintaining the membership and training of the 10 CWC clinicians who volunteer for on and off site emergency response associated with the CRT. CWC CERC clinicians participated in a number of Crisis Response Team outreaches this semester. CRT services are generally responses to request for on-site consultation, intervention or support services.

Now in its 8th year, the QPR Suicide Prevention Program remains a fundamental component of the campus efforts to prevent suicide. To date, the program has trained over 6,000 students, faculty and staff in suicide prevention.

A total of 12 CRT outreaches were provided, assisting approximately 792 people.

This annual year, 22 trainings for 790 persons were done. Audiences included residence life staff, student organizations, college classroom participants, and graduate teaching assistants.

ProtoCall After-Hours Consultation Service While CERC’s office is open 40 hours a week (8AM–5PM, M–F) requests for after-hours emergency services are directed by phone message to the main CWC number which helps provide service 24/7 by coordinating with the CWC after-hours emergency consultation service via ProtoCall, a dedicated crisis hotline providing consultation services with trained behavioral-health professionals.

Call Types

49 93 12 320 24 536 Next day follow up w/client

Information Only

On-Call Psychiatrist Consult


On-Call Clinician Consult

Total Calls


Alcohol & Other Drug Services


lcohol and Other Drug Services has grown exponentially this year. With 87 referrals from the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and at least as many referrals for voluntary programs, interventions have been developed and refined to meet students needs. The services include one on one prevention/educational meetings, substance abuse seminars, substance abuse assessments, the Back on TRAC program, prevention groups and the University of Florida Collegiate Recovery Community.

Back on TRAC The Back on TRAC (BOT) program continues to grow and flourish. Over 50 students have been served since inception in 2012. Students in BOT have averaged a .70 GPA increase this year. Also, by keeping these students in school for the 2014-2015 school year, the University has retained 417 hours in tuition and fees totaling $87,780. Part of the program includes students giving back to the University and/or the local community in a tangible way, to help raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and the benefit of a period of sobriety to sort out the reasons for their problematic drinking. The BOT students have presented at fraternities and sororities, the UF Cheerleading squad, local high schools, the Pre-professional Service Organization, the Greek Ambassadors, the UFPD and various student organizations.

UF Collegiate Recovery Community The University of Florida Collegiate Recovery Community is designed to create for students a typical college experience while maintaining their recovery. In August of 2014 and monthly thereafter the UFCRC Advisory Board, comprised of stakeholders from campus and the greater community, has met to provide direction and resources for students and staff in this endeavor to create support for students who are in recovery. Ongoing programming includes weekly “Recovery Night” Alcohol free social events, “It Works” Monthly Milestone Celebrations, Recovery Support Group, student run AA meetings, weekly UFCRC Seminar and a Facebook group for activities and announcements. Other accomplishments include: • Alcohol-free tailgates for all home games on SHCC lawn, creating a welcoming space for all interested in a typical tailgate without alcohol. • The FIRST EVER alcohol free tailgate at the Florida v. Georgia game in Jacksonville. With the slogan “There are no Rivals in Recovery,” 50 students representing five colleges in the southeast (UF, UGA, UA, Kennesaw State and Georgia Southern) came together to enjoy food and fellowship. This is now an annual event. • Partnering with UCF to develop a state-wide network of recovery schools. • Outreach to campus and the greater community: UF Presidents Community Alcohol Coalition, UF Student Senate, Florida Recovery Center and the Center for Addiction Research and Education, as well as several tabling events to reach out to students.

I want to thank Back on TRAC for saving my life. UFCRC gave me a safe haven on campus that helped me pursue my education while furthering my journey in recovery.


2014-15 AOD Outreach

365 hours


1,269 stakeholders

Billy Palmer, Ph.D. Candidate UFCRC member, Joan Scully, LCSW AOD Coordinator, Kristen Shader, M.Ed/ Ed.S AOD Case Manager

Peer Support If you had told me even six months ago that I would have been capable of sitting in a room, sharing my innermost thoughts and feelings, details of my past, I probably would have started crying with fear at even the idea. WRAP was spiritually healing for me, made me feel in control for the first time in a long time and renewed my faith in others and in myself as a social being. Drs. Jim Probert and Sara Nash


round the world, peer support among people who have struggled with mental health challenges is growing. Peer support allows people who have often felt isolated and disconnected to build mutual connections and engage in dialogues about their real challenges and real successes. Peers are building communities and supporting each other to reclaim their lives, move towards their dreams, and cope effectively with whatever challenges remain. Through this process, some people reach a point where they have recovered from their mental health challenges. Others identify as being “in-recovery”—experiencing more empowerment, hope and connection.

Since January 2015, the CWC has been offering two of the most beloved, well-known (and evidence-based) programs from the peer support movement--Intentional Peer Support (IPS) and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Drs. Jim Probert and Sara Nash, who coordinate the program, completed facilitator trainings and offered IPS and WRAP groups in Spring 2015 and Summer 2015. They are offering IPS and WRAP groups this Fall 2015, and plan to offer both groups every semester. Long-term, this program aims to develop a student Peer Support community and drop-in Peer Support Center at UF. Using WRAP and IPS, students will support each other in recovering from distress and maintaining mental health and wellness as they achieve their academic goals.


Digital Services TAO - Therapist Assisted Online Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) is a 7-week treatment program designed to help students manage anxiety, the most frequent presenting concern impacting college students today. TAO was developed to complement existing counseling services by responding to recent trends in students’ preferences for convenient and readily accessible online mental health treatment resources.

TAO 2.0 During TAO’s second year of implementation, emphasis was placed on enhancing clients’ treatment experience. TAO version 2.0 launched with a host of enhancements driven by user feedback. These new features include: • An improved user interface to increase the ease of use and enhance the aesthetic appeal. • A new video conferencing tool for increased ease of use, improved video quality, and enhanced overall reliability. • Revision of content with a focus on replacing text content with an interactive video presentation of learning materials.

Client Satisfaction



satisfied or very satisfied with Learning Materials



During the year,

unique clients were assisted via TAO

TAO includes the following: • Seven weekly modules for learning about anxiety and how to manage it. • 24/7 online treatment resources • Practical skills and strategies for managing daily stress and anxiety. • Weekly mood surveys and daily monitoring tools to help clients track their progress and reinforce their efforts. • Weekly counseling sessions to reinforce learning and skills acquisition, delivered via video conferencing to maximize ease of access to treatment.


Overall Satisfaction


Kognito At-Risk The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) offers students, faculty, and staff an interactive online training that is designed to help them recognize the common signs of psychological distress. Through the training which uses avatars, learners practice effective conversation skills to raise concerns and learn how to motivate students in distress to seek help.

The CWC provides three versions of At-Risk:

• peer to peer for college students • for faculty and staff to identify struggling students • for faculty and staff to identify student veterans who may be struggling The training teaches learners how to avoid common pitfalls by providing helpful tips and in the moment feedback about their responses. Trainings last anywhere from 25-45 minutes and are accessible online 24/7 at no charge to participants. Kognito is partly funded by a SAMHSA grant awarded to the CWC and GatorWell to provide suicide prevention to students at the University of Florida.

Goals of Kognito are to: Increase students’ use of Increase students’ protective strategies and confidence and competence decrease stigma to encourage in identifying, approaching, early intervention and prevent and referring fellow students serious mental health crises. who are in distress.

2,129 & 865 students


Increase faculty and staff confidence and competence in identifying, approaching, and referring students who are in distress.

have accessed the training

faculty/staff as of Sept 1, 2015.

thedesk is an interactive website that provides tools to help students overcome common challenges encountered while in college. In 2014-15

218 new users 332 unique logins % 90 of logins were from students

TOP 4 Visited Sites on thedesk Managing My Emotions 61 13.32% Managing Anxiety and Worries 44 9.61% Managing Stress 38 8.3% Setting Goals 36 7.86%


Reaching Out to Campus


WC is active in promoting mental health on campus and taking various steps to prevent concerns that would get in the way of students’ academic functioning and personal growth. Focus and Collaboration

Outreach Services Include:

Our responsibility is toward every student on campus who may or may not walk through our doors. Hence, our staff engage in many different activities outside their offices to connect with and reach out to our stakeholders. The responsibility to have a healthy campus that fosters growth, prevents mental health concerns and supports those who need help is a shared one. We achieve this common goal through partnership and collaboration with our colleagues within the Division of Student Affairs, Student Health Care Center, and academic departments, as well as our students, specifically those in leadership roles.

• Tabling at campus events • Providing workshops & training • Providing information and self-help services through our website • Educating & inspiring campus through social media posts • Organizing CWC Signature Events to promote wellness • Writing articles for campus newsletters • Giving interviews to student journalists • Advising student groups • Mentoring students • Having liaison relationships with different units • Serving on academic, division and university committees

Presentation & Training

Tabling at Campus Events

712 hours reaching out to 17,464

179 hours reaching out to 5,433

Presence & Visibility at Campus Events

Campus Service 25 hours of advising students and

265 hours reaching out to 6,742

111 hours of participation at an external





student groups

committee and collaborating with colleagues from DSA and UF

67 hours of mentoring students

2014-15 CWC Outreach Highlights A stronger outreach presence and delivery was achieved through • expansion of our outreach team by instituting an outreach-focused advanced practicum training that not only increased our capacity to provide quality outreach to the campus community, but also allowed us to support professional growth of practicum students in training. • new collaboration pursuits with other campus units such as RecSports and The Travel and Recreation Program (TRiP). • assessing staff needs and utilizing internal and external input to enhance our outreach delivery in general, and with respect to our presence at Preview in particular.

AWARE AWARE Ambassadors meet the needs of the student body through an array of wellness-oriented, thought-provoking events. This year the 18 undergraduates hosted the annual Live Optimally Fair and Play Day. Both events feature centers and groups representing the diversity of UF with the goal of educating students about mental health resources while providing a space to de-stress and have fun. This enthusiasm for diversity and a student-centered focus extended to all of the events AWARE helped coordinate this year, including Mental Illness Awareness Week, Bridging the Gap and Keep Hope Alive: A Suicide Awareness Vigil, and the inaugural Mind Body and Sole 5K. These events alone reached over 1,400 students. This year AWARE also presented on 43 separate occasions to students attending Preview, promoting the resources CWC has to offer. Including tabling, Preview presentations, partnerships, and original events, AWARE participated in 89 events, adding up to 225 personnel-hours of outreach!

43 225 89

Preview Snapshot presentations

personnel-hours of outreach

total outreach events

1,437 reached

students via 5 major events

Live Optimally Fair 2015


ASPIRE The ASPIRE program was originally created as an enrichment program targeting the needs of African/Black American students in support of achieving academic success. The program was developed in response to a call by the Vice President of Student Affairs to offer proactive programming to counter the adverse effects of the One Florida initiative. Former Counseling Center director, Dr. Jaquie Resnick, along with other clinical faculty, wrote a grant proposal to address how the Counseling Center might meet this need, and ASPIRE was the result. During the 2005-2006 academic year, the ASPIRE program was expanded to address the needs of Hispanic/Latino(a) American students and later the First Generation student population. To date, the ASPIRE program provides outreach and seeks to build strong collaborative relationships.

In 2014-15 ASPIRE: • Hosted four workgroups to evaluate our outreach effectiveness and prioritize 2015-2016 efforts • Ran three Invincible Black Women therapy groups (summer, fall, spring) • Ran two First Generation Empowerment groups (fall, spring) • Conducted monthly Que Pasa Identity Discussion groups at Institute of

Hispanic/Latino Cultures (monthly in fall and spring) • Conducted monthly Cypher social justice groups at Institute of Black Culture (monthly in fall) • Ran Gators with Kids support group and discussion with Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars (monthly) • Guest Lecturer/facilitator for Yes Means Yes Seminar • Consulted on the following: Machen

ASPIRE Services

Consultation 18.3 hours serving 51 stakeholders Presentation & Training 43.5 hours reaching out to 923 stakeholders Presence at campus events 48.5 hours visible to 2889 stakeholders

Florida Opportunity Scholars Advisory Board, Bias Education and Response Team, African American Studies Advisory Board, and Psychology Departments Social Justice Task Force • Provided a culturally responsive supervision training for Housing Department • Partnership with the Institute of Black Cultures student empowerment programs: BluePrint and Project CLASS

Tabling 2.5 hours reaching out to 50 stakeholders Mentoring 31.3 hours serving 70 students

Total reached

3,983 stakeholders


This year CWC continued to provide representation on the campus steering committee for the Collegiate Veteran Success Center (CVSC) and staff has maintained an active and engaging presence with student veterans through holding weekly office hours at the CVSC. In addition, we participated in strategic outreach events that target student veterans while highlighting our commitment to student veterans’ wellness at CWC signature events such as Live Optimally Fair. CWC also continued to provide direct services to Veteran students through our wide-ranging clinical services. CWC was integral to efforts that targeted student veteran success and wellness on campus. We have succeeded in collaborating with the Veteran Competency Advisory Committee in development of a Preview session targeted towards incoming student veterans. September 2014, we participated in facilitation of two national webinar training presentations sponsored by Kognito on “Fostering Student Veteran Success”. This was a joint presentation with representation from University of Florida (presented by Dr. Rosa West), The Ohio State University, and Central Michigan University. In addition, we have been involved in the process of developing education and training for UF staff on working with student veterans and advocated for the use of our Kognito program as a platform to facilitate that process.

VETERAN Student Services:

Consultation 1 hour serving 6 stakeholders Presentation & Training 6 hours reaching out to 427 stakeholders Clients Served 2013-14 - 38; 2014-15 - 54 (+42%)


Tabling 5 hours reaching out to 65 stakeholders Office Hours at The Collegiate Veterans Success Center

36.3 hours reaching out to 219 stakeholders

Total reach



UFIIT The UF International Initiatives Team (UFIIT) is an interdisciplinary team that supports the globalization efforts of the UF community and provides services to international students and study-abroad students to maximize their academic performance and nurture their well-being. Based on a spirit of collaboration, under leadership of CWC faculty member Dr. Chun-Chung Choi, UFIIT has been working on expanding its team gradually and is most recently supported by 36 individuals from 17 UF units including Division of Student Affairs partners, academic departments and student organizations as well as the Graduate School, UPD and UF International Center. UFIIT serves campus through consultation with campus stakeholders, attending various orientation sessions at the beginning of academic year, programming and providing educational presentations on campus throughout the year, providing direct care and support (e.g., hospital visits) to international students, and tabling at various events that target international or study-abroad students. “International Student Workshop Series”, organized by UFIIT, this year provided 10 specific workshops to facilitate wellness of UF international students. Social Events Listserv operated by UFIIT provides important and relevant information to international students to facilitate their adjustment to campus. This year 26 messages were sent to students. UFIIT also engages in advocacy and education through conducting original research, publishing scholarly articles and presenting at professional conferences. Brand new for 2014-15, in collaboration with Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, UFIIT has initiated a special program called “Cultural and Language Partnership Program”. This program is set to provide continuous one-on-one peer support between international and domestic students and hence promotes much needed social connection and cross-cultural understanding. CWC staff provide individual, group and couples counseling as well as clinical consultations with international and study-abroad students on a regular basis. We offer two specific International Student Support Groups per semester, one in Mandarin and one in English. These groups not only provide information regarding navigating the US educational system and UF, but also facilitate students’ adjustment process and interpersonal growth.

UFIIT Services

Group Therapy 84 hours serving 32 students Consultation 86.7 hours serving 187 stakeholders Presentation & Training 23.5 hours reaching out to 1929 stakeholders

Tabling 6 hours reaching out to 625 stakeholders Presence at campus events 11.3 hours visible to 520 stakeholders Presented at 3 national & 2 international conferences

Total reach

3,261 stakeholders

UFIIT is supported by staff and faculty from 17 different units at UF Asian Pacific Islander Affairs Career Resource Center Chinese Student Association College of Engineering Counseling & Wellness Center CWC Aware Ambassadors Dean of Students Office Graduate Student Council Levin College of Law

Off-Campus Life Residence Education & Housing Student Legal Services Taiwanese Student Association UF Graduate School UF International Center UF Police Department Student Rep Warrington College of Business Administration

Medical Amnesty Consultation UF’s Medical Amnesty Policy is designed to encourage students to make responsible decisions and seek assistance and treatment in serious or life threatening situations that result from alcohol or drug abuse. CWC provides a onehour consultation to students to educate them regarding what Medical Amnesty is, as well as to facilitate reflection on their substance use behavior and its consequences.

25 hours serving 23 students


Online Reach Website This past year our website had

620,751 308,091 by

page views


Compared to last year that’s a



increase in users and a



increase in active usage!

Our Top 10 Most Visited Pages Page views on


How to Deal with Loneliness



CWC Home Page

How to Handle Fears



Types of Intimacy


Common Relationship Problems


Stress & College Students



Dealing with a Break-Up

Clinical Staff Listing


Anxiety: How to Cope with It


Maintaining the Balance: A SelfHelp Guide for Students

Facebook We use our Facebook page to educate our stakeholders about mental health issues, connect students with resources, inspire campus community, and get users to laugh (and remind them of the importance of humor to dissolve stress).

Total posts

Total reach







13 %

38 %

Our Top Posts (by total reach) 11/24/14: TRUTH: Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. DARE: Smile at strangers. #UFCWC #DaretoDestress


11/22/14: TRUTH: Research shows meditation can be helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and even improving thinking. DARE: Meditate. #UFCWC #TRUTHandDARE


11/3/14: Daylight savings time ended this weekend! Don’t get caught in the dark. Walk Safe. #StaySafeUF 15,865 5/6/15: J.K. Rowling gave best advice ever to struggling fan. #UFCWC 7,524 1/22/15: 11 Habits of People With Concealed Depression 4,566 6/5/15: Trouble sleeping? Try this breathing technique to fall asleep in under one minute! #UFCWC 2,474 6/5/15: These cartoons nail what it is like to live with anxiety. CWC has a way to overcome it. Visit: tao to learn more. #UFCWC #TAOanxiety 2,474 10/6/14: 1 IN 4 YOUNG ADULTS between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness. Learn more about mental health and college at Content/NavigationMenu/Find_Support/ NAMI_on_Campus1/Learn_About_The_Issue/Learn_About_The_Issue.htm. #UFCWC #MIAW 2,278 6/24/15: A pickle a day ... who knew. 2,164 9/30/14: Five Lies that Distort Male Sexuality and Hurt Men 1,972

The reach we got on our TOP 10 posts in 2014-15 (95k+) was more than the reach for ALL POSTS from 2013-14 (92k+)


Teaching and Training The training program is an integral part of the mission of the CWC, and the entire professional and support staff is involved in the supervision and training of our trainees. Our overarching goal is to help develop counselors and psychologists who are competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive. We provide a wide variety of training opportunities from practicum to doctoral internships (up to 30 trainees over the course of the year from Counseling Psychology, Counselor

Education, Social Work, and Clinical Psychology programs). The program follows a practitioner-scholar model of professional training, which emphasizes experiential learning. In addition, our 35 supervisors provide a wide variety of clinical and supervision orientations used in training. The program adopts the most current training models including competency based training and evaluation. In addition, we require supervisors and trainees to observe high standards of cultural competence and inclusivity. We are in adherence with the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity. Our psychology internship was one of the first internships in the country to be accredited in 1982.

Practicum and Advanced Practicum Students: Sarah Colnin, Meenakshi Palanizppan, Tessa Wimberley, Eric Richardson, Ada Ukonu, Jaime Williams, Richard Douglass, Shuchang Kang, Keri Johnson, Casey Fiume, Alex Lenzen. Not pictured: Julia Roncoroni, Steve Snowden, Guillermo Wippold, Stephani Babcock, Billy Palmer

We receive approximately 130 applications from all over the US and Canada per year for only 5 positions.

Hours Provided by Trainees Interns

• 1,912 individual and couples hours • 2,266 group therapy hours • 123 outreaches

Practicum and Advanced Practicum • 1,731 individual and couples hours • 2,072 group therapy hours • 70 outreaches

363 of direct hours provided by trainees were for Learning Disability and ADHD Assessments Psychology and Counselor Education Interns: Sunni Lutton, Martinque Jones, Thea Comeau, Jonny Bourn, Yu-Yun Liu, Hidetoshi Hama


Supervisors provided 1,362 hours of supervision.

Teaching Teaching is an important part of our mission. It helps us support our students and the academic mission of the university. Some of the courses taught include: • • • • • • • • •

Ethics and Skills Practicum Introduction to Counseling Trauma Theory and Crisis Intervention Consultation and Supervision The Mindful Therapist Multicultural Counseling The Counselor as a Person First Year Florida

CWC sponsored

11 Continuing Education workshops for on-going staff professional development, such as: Baker Act Update and Review of the Mental Status Exam Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drug Screens Not A Drag! Competencies In Working With Trans* Clients

Staff Highlights

Jaime Jasser, Ph.D. & Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D.

Recipients of the 2015 UF Superior Accomplishment Award

• Alonso, Jennifer - Secretary for Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) through the American Psychological Association. • Alonso, Jennifer - Member, Early Career Professional committee, the American Psychological Association. • Alonso, J. T. (8/14). Group Therapy for Students with High Demand Concerns. In J. Alonso and C. Choi’s (Co-Chairs), Group Therapy as a Response to Modern Challenges in College Counseling. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC. • Alonso, J. T. (8/14). Evidence-Based Practice and Multicultural Competencies: Group Therapists’ Perspective. In E. Chen’s (Chair), Evidence-Based Practice and Multicultural Competencies in Group Therapy: Multiple Perspectives. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC. • Alonso, J. T. & Winn, L. (3/14). In J. Alonso’s (Chair), Facilitating Dynamic Trainings for Staff in College Counseling Centers and Other Staff Model Clinic Settings. Open session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Boston, Massachusetts. • Alonso, J., Choi, C. C., Lan, M. F., Stuart, J., Pritchett-Johnson, B., & Toska, G. (8/14). Group therapy as a response to modern challenges in college counseling. Symposium. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC. • Brady, Beverly A.- Member of the UF Tobacco-Free Task Force


• Choi, Chun-Chung - Reviewer, Journal of Counseling Psychology • Choi, Chun-Chung - Reviewer, The Counseling Psychologist • Choi, Chun-Chung - Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association (APA) • Choi, Chun-Chung - Member, Male Leadership Committee, University of Florida Student Affair • Choi, Chun-Chung - Member, Superior Accomplishment Committee, University of Florida Student Affair • Choi, Chun-Chung - Member, Emergency Hardship Scholarship Committee, University of Florida International Center • Choi, Chun-Chung – Serve doctoral students in 6 dissertation committees • Choi, Chun-Chung - Faculty Advisor, Chinese Students Association (CSA), University of Florida • Choi, Chun-Chung - Faculty Advisor, Taiwanese Student Association (TWSA), University of Florida • Choi, C.-C. & Kang, J. (2014). CPT/OPT process: Important issues facing International Students in Counseling Psychology training programs. Retrieved September 12, 2014, from • Choi, C.–C. (8/14). Group Therapy for Underserved Populations and Students. In Alonso, J. & Choi, C.-C. (Co-Chairs). Group Therapy as a Response to Modern Challenges in College Counseling. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of American Psychological Association (APA). Washington, DC. • Choi, C. –C. (8/14). Practice-Related Careers in the U.S. In Sayaka, M. (Chair). International Mentoring Orientation Committee. Roundtable presented at the Annual Convention of American Psychological Association (APA). Washington, DC. • Choi, C.–C. (5/15). Process Group Therapy. Invited intensive 7-day workshop training conducted at Huazhong Normal University. Wuhan, China • Choi, C.–C. (6/15). Conducting qualitative research in clinical practice. Invited workshop conducted at School of Marxism, China University of Geosciences. Wuhan, China • Greene, A. and Robinson, S. (2015). Mentoring Black Professionals: Models and Methods. Presented at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Annual Conference, 4/10/15, Charleston, SC. • Lan, Mei-Fang - Collaborator of the NSF funded ($846,000) research project titled: “Comprehensive Support for STEM Students with Learning Disability (CS3LD)”. (Primary Investigator: William Mann, Ph.D., University of Florida) • Lan, Mei-Fang - Member, Campus Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, Asian American Psychological Association (8/14) • Lan, Mei-Fang - Senator, UF Faculty Senate, University of Florida • Lan, Mei-Fang -Member, CS3LD Partnership Council, University of Florida • Lan, Mei-Fang -Judge, Graduate Student Research Day, University of Florida, Graduate Student Advisory Council (10/14) • Lan, Mei-Fang -Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education Travel Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar • Lan, Mei-Fang -Invited Attendee Travel Award, AccessEngineering Capacity Building Institute: Building Capacity to Increase the Participation of People with Disabilities in Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA • Kreider, C., Delisle, A., Lan, M. F., Medina, S., Gorske, J., Wu, C. Y., … Mann, W. (11/14). A multifaceted approach to supporting STEM/ SBE students with learning disabilities for enhancing their academic achievements: Highlights of Engineering student participants. Invited oral presentation. Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education, Doha, Qatar. • Lan, M. F. (4/15). Invisible challenges, unmet needs: Understanding students with psychiatric disabilities. Invited oral presentation. AccessEngineering Capacity Building Institute: Building Capacity to Increase the Participation of People with Disabilities in Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. • Kreider, C., Lan, M. F., Lombardino, L., & Fauble, J. (4/15). LD awareness event: HBO documentary “The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia”. Invited panel. University of Florida, Student Government Disability Affairs & NSF Sponsored Comprehensive Support for Students with Learning Disabilities, Gainesville, FL. • Kreider, C. M., Mann, W. C., Delisle, A., Wu, C. Y., Percival, S., Lan, M. F., & Steinberg, M. A. (4/15). Engaging university students with learning disabilities in targeting individual and institutional level change. Oral presentation. 2015 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN. • Steinberg, M. A., Kreider, C. M., Hart, M., Lan M. F., Mann, W. C. (1/15). Avatars and self efficacy. Oral presentation. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference 2015, Orlando, FL. • Latimer, Jeannie - Member of the Medical Petitions Committee, the Dean of Students Office. • Maynard-Pemba, N., Ketterson, T., Martin, T. (9/14). Multiple Ways to Practice Psychology. Continuing Education Program for the North Central Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, Gainesville, FL. • Maynard-Pemba, Natasha - Division of Student Affairs Student Staff Development & Training Knowledge Community Committee (2013-Present) • Maynard-Pemba, Natasha - Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) (2010) • Maynard-Pemba, Natasha - ACCTA board officer (2010 – 2016; elected 3 terms) • Maynard-Pemba, Natasha - North Central Florida Psychological Association Chapter Past President (2015) • Maynard-Pemba, Natasha - North Central Florida Psychological Association Chapter President (2014) • Nash, S., Sixbey, M. & Probert, J. (3/15). Peer support and mental health recovery on college campuses. Workshop presented at American College Personnel Association Conference, Tampa, FL.


• Nash, S., Sixbey, M.B., An, S., & Puig, A. (2015). University students who do not seek psychological help when needed: A behavioral profile. Journal of College Student Development. (accepted with revisions). • Nash, S. & Sixbey, M.B. (3/15). Peer Support and Mental Health Recovery on College Campuses. Workshop presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - Bias Education Response Team • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - Machen Florida Opportunities Scholars Advisory Board • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - African American Studies Advisory Board (Affiliate Faculty) • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - Psychology Department Social Justice Task Force (Affiliate Faculty) • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - Black Student Affairs Task Force • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - UFPD Orientation • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - MCDA Executive Director Search Committee • Pritchett-Johnson, Brandi - Association of Black Psychologist Youth Development Task Force Presenter • Probert, J. (4/15). Toward a more trauma-informed and recovery-oriented practice of lethality assessment and suicide prevention. Workshop presented at American Association of Suicidology Conference, Atlanta, GA. [Instructional multimedia presentation and references available at ] • Probert, J. (11/14). From trauma and powerlessness to recovery and healing. Invited keynote address presented at 2014 Allegheny HealthChoices Recovery and Wellness Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. • Probert, J. (11/14). Emotional fitness: Mindfulness skills for recovery and healing. Invited workshop presented at 2014 Allegheny HealthChoices Recovery and Wellness Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. • Stage, D. Lezine, D., Probert, J. & Harris, L. (10/14). The S word: The new movement of people who have been suicidal. Workshop presented at Alternatives Conference. Orlando, FL. • Probert, J. (10/14). Mental health recovery and emotional fitness: Practicing compassion for ourselves. Workshop presented at Alternatives Conference. Orlando, FL. • Sexton, Michelle - Volunteer at UF’s Move in Day • Sixbey, Meggen - Chair-Elect for the American College Personnel Association’s Commission on Counseling and Psychological Services (Division 9 • Sixbey, Meggen - Interviewed for an article published in Counseling Today - Available in print and online at: http://www., Shallcross, L. (8/15). When tragedy hits close to home. Counseling Today, 58(2), 34-39. • Sixbey, M.B. (3/15). Campus Violence and Ethical Considerations for Counselors. Workshop presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. (3 hour workshop) • Sixbey, M.B. & Nash, S. (3/15). Question, Persuade, and Refer: Innovative Ideas for Delivery. Workshop presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. (2.5 hour workshop) • Sixbey, M.B. & Nash, S. (3/15). The Counselor’s Role on a Multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Team. Workshop presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. • Sixbey, M.B. & Nash, S. (4/14). Guiding Principles for Assessing Violence Risk: A BioPsychoSocial Model. Workshop presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. • Sixbey, M.B. & Nash, S. (4/14). Intensive Treatment Programs at University Counseling Centers. Workshop presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. • Sixbey, Meggen - University Counseling Resource Network, coordinator • Sixbey, Meggen - Behavioral Consultation Team, member • Sixbey, Meggen - Crisis Response Team, counseling coordinator • Sixbey, Meggen - Emergency Operations Team, Public Health Unit, member • Tannen, Tina - Grant Awardee, Catalyst Fund Grant from the UF Creative Campus Committee, UF Mindfulness Project • Thomas, A, Lee, G, and Ess, B. (in press). Design and Implementation of Therapist Online Counseling. Online Learning Journal. • Thomas, A., “Therapist Assisted Online: Innovative Counseling,” Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, Florida, October 2014. • Thomas, A., “Phenomenography of Student Perceptions of an Online Metacognitive Tool,” International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Honolulu, Hawaii, 6/14 • Thomas, A. - 2014-2015 UF Learning Analytics Advisory Committee • Weiss, Debra - Conference Chair, The Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women’s 34th Annual Conference on Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response. Tuesday, 5/12/15. Trinity United Methodist Church.




University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center Annual Report 2014-15 Contributing Writers Jennifer Alonso Chun-Chung Choi Brian Ess Ernesto Escoto Anthony “AGee� Greene Jaime Jasser Alvin Lawrence Geoff Lee Design and Photography Adriana Chwala Daniel Ypsilanti Cover Model Christina Hernandez Editing Carla Connell Ernesto Escoto Thomas Parker

Natasha Maynard-Pemba Morgan Miller Sara Nash Brandi Pritchett-Johnson Jim Probert Joan Scully Meggen Sixbey Gizem Toska

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UF Counseling & Wellness Center | 2014-15, Annual Report  

This is the annual report for the University of Florida's Counseling & Wellness Center, for the 2014-15 academic year.

UF Counseling & Wellness Center | 2014-15, Annual Report  

This is the annual report for the University of Florida's Counseling & Wellness Center, for the 2014-15 academic year.